D’ye think Matty might be hyperventilating just a little too much?

Many American administrations have featured acts of venal corruption, and Trump’s will likely feature more than most. The larger risk, however, is that Trump’s lack of grounding in ideological principles or party networks will create a systemically corrupt government. Such governments, Wallis writes, “are rent creating, not rent seeking, governments” that operate by “limiting access to markets and resources in order to create rents that bind the interests of the ruling coalition together.”

This is how Vladimir Putin governs Russia, and how the Mubarak/Sisi regime rules Egypt. To be a successful businessman in a systemically corrupt regime and to be a close supporter of the regime are one and the same thing.

Those who support the regime will receive favorable treatment from regulators, and those who oppose it will not. Because businesses do business with each other, the network becomes self-reinforcing. Regime-friendly banks receive a light regulatory touch while their rivals are crushed. In exchange, they offer friendly lending terms to regime-friendly businesses while choking capital to rivals. Such a system, once in place, is extremely difficult to dislodge precisely because, unlike a fascist or communist regime, it is glued together by no ideology beyond basic human greed, insecurity, and love of family.

All is not lost, but the situation is genuinely quite grave. As attention focuses on transition gossip and congressional machinations, it’s important not to let our eyes off the ball. It is entirely possible that eight years from now we’ll be looking at an entrenched kleptocracy preparing to install a chosen successor whose only real mission is to preserve the web of parasitical oligarchy that has replaced the federal government as we know it. One can, of course, always hope that the worst does not come to pass. But hope is not a plan. And while the impulse to “wait and see” what really happens is understandable, the cold, hard reality is that the most crucial decisions will be the early ones.

Jeebus.

Even more pointedly, racist and anti-Semitic harassment of journalists by white nationalist Twitter users operating under the banner of Trumpism has already become a daily fact of life. So has “doxxing” — the publication of addresses and phone numbers — of Trump critics. The anti-Semitic propaganda that was mailed to Vox contributor Lee Drutman also made its way to the homes of several other Jewish Vox writers, including me, as well as to my upstairs neighbor, also Jewish, who is an editor at a different news organization.

The vast majority of these harassers are almost certainly numbskull teenagers, bored office drones, or all-around nutters who would never act on their threats. But it would only take the murder of a single opposition activist or journalist to chill dozens of others.

Ya think?

33 thoughts on “D’ye think Matty might be hyperventilating just a little too much?”

  1. ‘And while the impulse to “wait and see” what really happens is understandable, the cold, hard reality is that the most crucial decisions will be the early ones.’

    Indict Trump NOW, BEFORE IT’S TOO LATE !!!

  2. Er… Project, much?

    Clearly the outgoing administration was pure as the driven snow. Loans on preferential terms to such boondoggles as Solyndra had nothing whatsoever to do with providing capital to a network of regime-friendly businesses. The lenient treatment of Citigroup, which continues to function as a revolving door for Democratic apparatchiks, compared to the harsh treatment of the likes of JP Morgan and Wells Fargo, likewise had nothing whatsoever to do with a light regulatory touch accorded to regime-friendly banks while their rivals are crushed. Oh, and the publication of addresses and phone numbers of Trump critics – good thing that would never have happened with the current administration. Reports that addresses of bankers that were accused of being responsible for the credit crisis had been published and that they found themselves targeted by mobs of Occupy Wall Street scum on their front lawns have undoubtedly been exaggerated by the vast right-wing conspiracy that is the Mainstream Media. And Brendan Eich, who was fired from the company he founded solely because somebody unearthed and then made public the fact that he had donated money in support of a proposition defining marriage as between a man and a woman, well, that is ok, because Mr. Eich obviously is not a right-thinker.

    I don’t know if Mr, Trump is going to be more honest than previous presidents, but he could hardly be less honest than the current one – or than the author of this execrable screed.

  3. SJW always projects. Just remember that. What they accuse you of, they’re already doing it, and just assume their enemies are doing it on a grander scale.

  4. The MSM has become the Corbynniite left.

    No cohesive argument about policy – just incoherent screeching about racism, sexism ad nauseam.

    Whats truly laughable is accusing Trump of the potential of corruption.. whilst backing Hillary Clinton.

    Fuck em. Those evil bastards lost. Suck it up.

  5. “It is entirely possible that eight years from now we’ll be looking at an entrenched kleptocracy preparing to install a chosen successor whose only real mission is to preserve the web of parasitical oligarchy that has replaced the federal government as we know it.”

    We thought we were looking at that as we went into the election. But it turned out OK in the end.. 😀

  6. So Much For Subtlety

    operate by “limiting access to markets and resources in order to create rents that bind the interests of the ruling coalition together.”

    Chick-fil-A is owned by some religious people who give money to a variety of organisations, some of which oppose same-sex marriage. So Chicago tried to get them banned from the city. They have been denied permits and licences. Do tell us all about limiting access under Trump.

    To be a successful businessman in a systemically corrupt regime and to be a close supporter of the regime are one and the same thing.

    Indeed. As Trump well knows. He invited the Clintons to his wedding for a reason.

    Regime-friendly banks receive a light regulatory touch while their rivals are crushed.

    Volkswagon gets driven out of business for practices common across the industry.

    In exchange, they offer friendly lending terms to regime-friendly businesses while choking capital to rivals.

    Banks have been forced to lend to Democrat-voting groups and communities by the Justice Department. Contributing to the Sub-prime crisis.

    It is entirely possible that eight years from now we’ll be looking at an entrenched kleptocracy preparing to install a chosen successor whose only real mission is to preserve the web of parasitical oligarchy that has replaced the federal government as we know it.

    Actually we just avoided that by not electing the Clintons.

    The anti-Semitic propaganda that was mailed to Vox contributor Lee Drutman also made its way to the homes of several other Jewish Vox writers, including me, as well as to my upstairs neighbor, also Jewish, who is an editor at a different news organization.

    Blah, blah, blah. There are nutters on the internet. This we all know.

    The vast majority of these harassers are almost certainly numbskull teenagers, bored office drones, or all-around nutters who would never act on their threats.

    And have nothing to do with the Trump campaign.

    But it would only take the murder of a single opposition activist or journalist to chill dozens of others.

    Political violence in America has always come from the Democratic party and their friends. That is unlikely to change any time soon.

  7. Perhaps Trump does have ideological principles. Just not the same as the writer.
    Much to the annoyance of the writer.

  8. SMFS as always nails it.

    On the article itself, I can do no more than quote the late Peter Bauer: ‘This is as near the opposite of the truth as one can find’

    And as Mr Ecks and other legends on this blog have pointed out – the SJWs have been doing all of the things this gentleman is complaining about. We found, as we always knew in reality – to quote Corporal Jones from ‘Dad’s Army’:

    ‘They don’t like it up em’

  9. JuliaM said what I was going to.

    But it would only take the murder of a single opposition activist or journalist to chill dozens of others.

    Yes, it’s called the Charlie Hebdo effect. Which would probably have been lessened if so many journalists weren’t queuing up to condemn Charlie Hebdo’s output as “provocative”.

  10. Saw this in an article about trump accusations and crying wolf, specifically regarding anti semtisim

    ‘I feel like an attempt to avoid crying wolf might reserve that term for people who didn’t win an Israeli poll on what candidate would best represent Israel’s interests, or doesn’t have a child who converted to Judaism, or hasn’t won various awards from the American Jewish community for his contributions to Israel and American Judaism, or wasn’t the grand marshal of a Salute To Israel Parade’

    But hey who cares about facts

  11. What BigFire said, in spades.

    The Left know whats been going on for the last 8 years, and what would have continued to go on if Clinton had won, so they accuse their opponent of the same things, only worse, because thats all they know. The idea that someone might be straight and honourable doesn’t even cross their mind, its out of their known universe. I’m not saying Trump is those things, just there’s a slim chance he might be, and the Left couldn’t get their heads around it if he was.

  12. It’s funny, when I rant like this, even the cat walks out of the room.

    This guy expects people to read this?

    AND my rants are based on things the have happened…

  13. Those who support the regime will receive favorable treatment from regulators, and those who oppose it will not.

    Glorious. Just glorious. Apparently this author has no idea that the Universe existed prior to them writing that sentence.

  14. Everything everybody has said about the commie creep is true.

    But he has an audience of young, brain-washed, pre-conditioned , middle-class Marxist scum.

    Imagine what will happen when the young sewage start getting all the political and bureaucratic top jobs. Far worse than the “Orange Hitler” shite now being spun.

    Purge, purge, purge and purge again. And part of the purge MUST be ensuring that young Red Guard shite DON’T get the jobs they want. Ever.

  15. Political violence in America has always come from the Democratic party…

    You mean, it was the Democrats who were shooting abortion doctors? Unlikely, I would think.
    No doubt, the Democrats (and their proxies) have been violent – I would even accept that they have been more violent than others – but painting them as the only violent player goes too far.

  16. “entrenched kleptocracy”

    Well, maybe, but that’s what you’ve had. Of course, the real complaint here is that Yglesias’ pals are no longer robbing things.

    I think it’s an observation Timmy himself made that sometimes it looks like the public made a mistake with democracy, but you look back later and see that they probably didn’t. I always thought on balance that Clinton would be better than Trump, but not a fan of either.

    But what if I got this wrong? What if the American people get someone who will “prune” government? Those apple trees don’t get rid of the bad wood on their own. Every decade you go out there and cut the branches.

    And if it’s anything like other government, you need people to come in and ask “why?”. People to look at things and go “what the absolute fuck?”.

  17. So Much For Subtlety

    dcardno – “You mean, it was the Democrats who were shooting abortion doctors? Unlikely, I would think.”

    But then again no one is shooting abortion doctors. You are talking about what? Four disturbed people over the past 50 years? No country is free of mental illness. Doesn’t make them political.

    “No doubt, the Democrats (and their proxies) have been violent – I would even accept that they have been more violent than others – but painting them as the only violent player goes too far.”

    I disagree. The media always tries to show terrorism as Republican, but actually the violence is usually all one way. White Americans are just very law-abiding. Unless they are Democrat voters.

  18. So Much For Subtlety

    Dennis the Peasant – “DtP Translation of Matthew Yglesias:”

    SMFS translation of Matthew Yglesias:

    “No one has ever had a fantasy about being tied to a bed and sexually ravished by someone dressed as a liberal.”

  19. SMFS – no doubt much of the violence from the Democrats is perpetrated by disturbed individuals, too; my point was that the Democrats don’t have a monopoly on political violence. Timothy McVeigh wasn’t a Democrat (nor a Republican), and neither were the Branch Davidians or Ted Kaczynski – but they were all violent political actors. Yes, the media 1) overlook or excuse Democratic violence (whether directly or by proxy), and 2) mis-attribute violence to Republicans – there’s no question on either score, but I think your blanket assertion went too far.

  20. So Much For Subtlety

    dcardno – “my point was that the Democrats don’t have a monopoly on political violence.”

    They have a near monopoly. Despite what the media says.

    “Timothy McVeigh wasn’t a Democrat (nor a Republican), and neither were the Branch Davidians or Ted Kaczynski – but they were all violent political actors.”

    The Branch Davidians were apolitical as far as I can see. Being incinerated by a Democratic AG doesn’t make anyone a Republican. But McVeigh definitely came from the Republican end of the spectrum. In the same way there is no denying Kaczynski came from the Democratic end. The difference is McVeigh is an oddity. The Unabomber had a lot more friends.

  21. Those who support the regime will receive favorable treatment from regulators, and those who oppose it will not.

    Or the IRS being biased against them, oh wait, that was the current president

  22. nd neither were the Branch Davidians

    They weren’t engaging in violence. It was the Democrats who committed violence — well, actually wholesale slaughter — against them.

    If I were a believer, I’d be comforted by the thought that Janet Reno is burning in Hell right now. (Although she’d already earned it by brainwashing children into believing they had been sexually assaulted so she could advance her political career.)

  23. Gamecock – I would classify it as such. I imagine the intention was to intimidate other abortion providers due to opposition to existing public policy (and perhaps a messianic determination to kill a sinner – who knows?). I would consider anything that stems from policy differences to be political.

  24. Are you aware of the phrase “to a first approximation”?

    Sure – and if SMFS had qualified his claim in that way I would have been entirely in agreement.

    They have a near monopoly. Despite what the media says.

    Yes – as I have been saying all along.

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